Korman named professor emeritus

By LaKisha Ladson

Dr. Maurice Korman, chairman of psychology and director of the psychology training program in the Department of Psychiatry from the early 1960s until 2002, has been named a professor emeritus of psychiatry.

Dr. Korman also chaired the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at UT Southwestern School of Health Professions from 1987 to 2006, where he helped start the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

  Dr. Maurice Korman

“I couldn’t have stayed here for 50 years except for the opportunity to recreate my job numerous times,” Dr. Korman said. “The ability to modify your job brings wonderful possibilities. My first set of jobs lasted 50 years, and right now I’m still looking forward to doing new things in consulting with faculty and staff and reaching out to alumni.”

Dr. Korman graduated from Brooklyn College in New York in 1952. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 1957. During the Korean War era, from 1951 to 1953, he served in the Army, helping soldiers not suited for the military to reintegrate into civilian life.

When Dr. Korman first came to UT Southwestern he developed an alcohol abuse clinic at Parkland Memorial Hospital and researched alcohol-related behavior, and inhalant abuse in the Southwest and Mexico. In later years he turned his attention to the process of professionalization among physicians, in which he found that peers are often better predictors of future professional success than faculty members.

Fifty years ago, Dr. Korman was one of a small group who founded the graduate pro­gram in psychology. The first graduating class had two students, but soon the program was considering more than 250 applications a year.

Dr. Korman first held the Elizabeth H. Penn Professorship in Clinical Psychology and then the Pam Blumenthal Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Psychology.

Between 2002 and 2006, Dr. Korman continued to chair the rehabilitation department and participate in the development of a multi-institution comprehensive online program designed to train health professionals to respond to disasters.